Stu­dent hopes to spread ed­u­ca­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - By JES­SICA WAR­RINER

A 22-YEAR-OLD Shen­ton Park res­i­dent is in the run­ning to be named Miss Naidoc Perth 2018.

So­phie Cof­fin is a Ngangu­marta Yind­jibarndi wo­man from Port Hed­land study­ing law at UWA.

She was en­cour­aged and in­spired to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion by its past par­tic­i­pants.

“(If I won) I would use it to be a positive role model for other Abo­rig­i­nal girls, es­pe­cially from ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas,” she said.

The UWA stu­dent wants to en­cour­age girls to go af­ter ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and is pas­sion­ate about ad­dress­ing racism and ed­u­cat­ing non-abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple about what it means to be an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son in 2018.

“I think it’s chal­leng­ing; we have op­por­tu­ni­ties but there are con­stant ob­sta­cles we face, like the dis­tance com­ing from coun­try and racism in dis­creet ways,” Ms Cof­fin said.

“Be­ing fair-skinned can be chal­leng­ing; peo­ple ques­tion it be­cause I don’t look like the com­mon idea of an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son.”

In her law stud­ies, Ms Cof­fin has a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in hu­man rights and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty law to pro­tect Abo­rig­i­nal art­work.

“I’d love to go back and work in my com­mu­nity, to help and ad­vo­cate on be­half of them,” she said.

Miss Naidoc Perth will be crowned at a gala event on Satur­day, May 26 at Crown Perth.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica War­riner

Miss Naidoc Perth 2018 fi­nal­ist So­phie Cof­fin.

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